Tea tree oil is derived from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It has been commonly used as a natural muscle pain remedy by the Aboriginals, as well as a strong antibacterial agent, and cure for various health issues.
This beneficial oil has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities, and is nowadays added to numerous cosmetic and household products, including skin creams, nail creams, massage oils, face wash, laundry detergents, and shampoos.
Here are seven ways to use tea tree oil:
- Disinfect the Dishes
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the soap dispenser in the dishwasher, before adding the soap, and you will clean and disinfect the dishes.
- Destroy Germs on Clothes
To disinfect the clothes, add 6 to 8 drops to the laundry, and they will get a fresh and pleasant scent.
- Deal with Mold
Mold infestation is a serious issue that can increase the risk of various health issues. To destroy bacteria and mold, spray the bathroom curtains, the dishwasher and laundry machine, and all affected areas with tea tree oil.
- Fruit and Vegetable rinse
The antifungal properties of tea tree oil can help you eliminate bacteria, chemicals, and mold that grow on the fresh produce, so you can freely use it on fruits and veggies.
- Chemical-Free Mouthwash
Tea tree oil can help you destroy the germs in the oral cavity, that lead to tooth decay and bad breath. Therefore, use it as a natural mouthwash and disinfect your mouth and fight plaque-causing bacteria.
- All-Purpose Cleaner
In a 12-ounce spray bottle, mix a tablespoon of borax, a tablespoon of vinegar, and 3 to 4 drops of this oil, and use it as an all-purpose cleaner.
- Boost Hair health
Tea tree oil effectively treats dandruff, hydrates the skin on the scalp, eliminates lice, and makes the hair shiny and healthy. Mix a few drops with some coconut milk, Aloe Vera gel, and lavender oil, and make your homemade, natural shampoo.
- Natural Deodorant
Its strong antibacterial properties can help you control the bad underarm odor due to perspiration. Use it to substitute the commercial deodorants and antiperspirants that are high in chemicals.
- Repel Ants
Store-bought repellents are full of chemicals, so use this oil as a natural way to get rid of ants and other insects in the home. Mix it with some water and wipe the cupboards to eliminate cockroaches.
Add this oil to a warm mist vaporizer to cleanse the air in the case of an illness.
This oil is generally safe to use, as it causes no side-effects. However, avoid direct contact with sensitive skin areas, the inner part of the nose, and the eyes.
- Hand Sanitizer
This beneficial oil can also be used as a potent natural hand sanitizer, since it has powerful qualities that can destroy common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae.
It would be best to do a small skin patch test on the arm or leg before you start using it. Unless it causes any negative reaction, you can freely use it on a daily basis, and reap its numerous benefits.